TEDxOslo 2017

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Welcome to the sixth annual TEDxOslo event!

When: 3rd of May 2017

Where: Nationaltheatret, Oslo

Tickets: Tickets are available at this link.

Participants are invited to interact in an exchange of new ideas and shared passions. TEDxOslo will bring together innovators, explorers, teachers and learners in an environment that encourages collaboration, conversation and interaction. Join us at TEDxOslo and help us create a truly unique event that will unleash new ideas, inspire and inform. TEDxOslo is a not-for-profit event organized entirely by local, unpaid volunteers.

The world is moving increasingly faster, and technology is integrated in nearly all aspects of life. Self-driving vehicles, smart-homes, 3D-printers and robots are becoming part of the new normal. We read news from all over the world and share our own news for the world to see. In a split second, a moment in New York can be spread to New Delhi. We are more intertwined than ever before and more impacted by each other’s cultures and policies. The world may become smaller, but we are moving further and further apart from each other.

So what does it mean to still be human?

Our needs, feelings and dreams have not changed. We still thrive for understanding, love and respect. All humans. In an ever changing world it might be more important than ever to look out for each other and be hopeful for the future.

What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxOslo, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxOslo event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.” 


Hilde Marie Holsen

Improvised soundscapes with real time processed horn is the core of Hilde Marie Holsen’s exploration of the interaction between trumpet and electronics. The music can be described as quite contemplative and drenched in melancholia, but there is also room for noise, great dynamics and plenty of drama. Her debut album, Ask, was released on the record label Hubro spring 2015, and was critically acclaimed by amongst others The Wire, The Guardian and The Quietus.

Hilde Marie Holsen hails from Jølster, western part of Norway, but resides in Oslo. She has a MA in performed music technology from the Norwegian Academy of Music, and a BA in jazz trumpet from the University of Agder.

Photo credit: Ruben Olsen Lærk

Jan Grue

Jan Grue is a Professor of Qualitative Methods at the Department of Special Needs Education, University of Oslo. His research is on the body and embodiment, cultural representations, disability, and illness. He is the author of a novel, several collections of short stories, and children's books. 

His presentation will focus on the human quest for perfection. The basis is his experience of fatherhood, in general and as a wheelchair user - it deals with the desire to have a perfect baby, but also with the many things we do to perfect ourselves through self-monitoring and self-improvement - and why "perfection" is a very narrow goal - and, historically speaking, a very strange goal.

What does "Still human" mean to you? 

It means acceptance of our limitations, but also of our diversity - remembering that humanity encompasses a great many ways to live our bounded, relatively short lives and to create meaning.

What’s your favourite TED talk?

I really like Aimee Mullins' "My 12 pairs of legs". It starts out with a visual impression of a (disabled) superhuman, since Mullins is a world-class athlete and model, but quickly shifts towards humanization - she tells the story of all the practical details that allow her to enter the stage in the way that she does.

Photo: Anne Valeur

Hadia Tajik

Hadia Tajik is the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice at the Parliament. She studied journalism at Stavanger University College and has a Master’s degree in human rights from Kingston University in England, and a Law Degree from the University of Oslo. 

Tajik grew up in Bjørheimsbygd in Strand in Rogaland with parents who immigrated from Pakistan in the 70’s. 

At the age of 23 years old, Tajik was employed as a political advisor for Jens Stoltenberg, and was the youngest employee at the Office of the Prime Minister of all time. Later she worked as a political advisor at the Ministry of Justice. 

Tajik was elected into Parliament for the first time in 2009. In 2013 she was appointed the Minister of Culture and was then the youngest ever Minister in Norway.

Marie E. Rognes

Marie E. Rognes, PhD, is a Chief Research Scientist at the Section for Computing and Software at Simula Research Laboratory and a founding member of the Young Academy of Norway. Her research focuses on developing mathematical models and computer algorithms to better understand human health and disease. Rognes won the prestigious 2015 Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software, and was awarded a 2016 European Research Council Starting Grant and a 2015 Young Research Talents Grant.

Her presentation will address the question: How does someone use mathematics to create future solutions for medical diagnostics and treatment?

Mathematics is a language for describing differences, movement and change within and around us. By expressing mathematical models that mirror the human body, we pave a new technological path for understanding and studying it.

What does "Still human" mean to you?

To me, "Still human" is about humbleness and hope. Humbleness to recognize that there is still so much that we do not know about the human body, and hope for finding new ways to explore and understand.

What is your favorite TED talk?

My favorite TED talk is one that I remember vividly from my first viewing of it and still enjoy: Hans Rosling's legendary "The best stats you have ever seen" from 2006. His fearless and non-pretentious take on the statistics of global development was truly inspirational.

Photo credit: Simula/Bård Gudim

Andreas Wahl

Andreas Wahl is a Norwegian physicist and host of "Folkeopplysningen" and "Med livet som innsats" on the National broadcaster NRK. Wahl has a Masters degree from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, has written several books, and frequently tours Norway with science shows and lectures.

Putting his life on the line in trusting scientific laws and principles, his television stunts got world wide attention in 2016, with over 20 million YouTube views.

At TEDxOslo, Andreas will talk about the value of being wrong, in science and in life. 

What does "Still human" mean to you? 

As a technology optimist, "Still human" reminds me of the shortcomings technology still has in copying or interact with humans.

What’s your favourite TED talk?

It has to be one from the late Hans Rosling, one of my heroes.

Photo credit: Studio Expose/Linda Varpe-Karlsen

Einar Øverenget

Einar Øverenget has a Ph.D in Philosophy, and is partner Academy of Humanities, asst. professor at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. His aim is to make philosophy accessible and relevant for people of different training and careers, and also for people in their private lives – and the objective is to stimulate thinking.

Øverenget will talk about "why good people do bad things". 

Although human beings are capable of having moral standards, moral principles and core values, and also to act according to these – we are also capable of having normative convictions and still act against them. We do that by means of moral neutralization, and he intends to describe a number of neutralization-techniques we use in order to neutralize our moral objections. It is important to understand that (i) there is no such thing as good or bad people, but people capable of doing good and bad and (ii) even people with the most admirable principles are capable of doing bad things, and (iii) what is going on when that happens.

What does "Still human" mean to you? (The theme for the year)

For me it means that however fast and radical the technological change will be, there will still be certain fundamental human issues that never change. One of these issues is the relation between thinking and action, between knowing and doing.

Why is this important for the world and the audience listening?

It is important to understand that (i) there is no such thing as good or bad people, but people capable of doing good and bad and (ii) even people with the most admirable principles are capable of doing bad things, and (iii) what is going on when that happens.

Photo: Ricardphoto

Ellen Støkken Dahl and Nina Dølvik Brochmann

Ellen Støkken Dahl (25) and Nina Dølvik Brochmann (29) are medical students, sexual health workers and the authors of the book The Wonder Down Under (Gleden med skjeden). Their mission is to empower young people through better sexual education and research-based information about their bodies. 

The hymen is still the most misunderstood and dangerous part of the femalebody. From honor killings to “virgins” with regular anal sex, they take you on a journey of what the hymen really is and what it still means to women across the world. In their work with teenagers and young adults they have experienced the emergence of new problems tied to sex and looks. Sex has become an area of achievement and young adults have lost sight of what "normal" actually means, what it entails to have a human body. Ellen and Nina want to remind people that to be human is still more than enough.

What does "Still human" mean to you? (The theme for the year)

In our work with teenagers and young adults we have experienced the emergence of new problems tied to sex and looks. Sex has become an area of achievement and young adults have lost sight of what "normal" actually means, what it entails to have a human body. We want to remind people that to be human is still more than enough.

What’s your favourite TED talk, if you have one

Our absolute favourite TED talk is Amy Cuddy´s “Your body language shapes who you are”. As many others, we have struggled with nervousness and “imposter syndrome” in our professional lives, and have now made it our routine to do power posing together before holding big talks. It helps! We love how she takes scientific findings and convert them into manageable tools for people in their everyday lives.

Hamsika Premkumar

Hamsika Premkumar is 23 years old, a medical student, former leader of UN Students Hordaland and has been working with various volunteer organizations such as Bergen Red Cross, Norwegian Cancer Society and SOS children's villages. She came to Norway as a refugee from Sri Lanka in 2002. The war in Sri Lanka has shown her how it is like to live with fear for your own life, the fear of not being safe even at the hospital or school. As a 9 year old child, all she wanted was to be safe with her family. 

Premkumar wants to take you through her journey that led to the life she now lives in Norway, and several people who have made a great impression on her.

What does "Still Human" mean to you?

I see "Still human" as a reminder for us all. Human should be treated as humans, and not as numbers and statistics.

What is your favourite TED talk?

My favourite TED talk will absolutely be Hans Rosling.

Silje Onstad Hålien

Silje Onstad Hålien is the first woman in Norway to dance halling on elite level. She has during her nine years as a dancer and choreographer contributed to strengthening and developing the field of folk dance on stage. In 2015 she was awarded "Artist of the year" at Folk Music Awards for her artistic work and performances.

In her work she explores how the powerful and acrobatic steps of the Norwegian traditional dance together with playful energy and innovative use of the movements can express different relations, moods and emotional landscapes. Working closely with live music she is always seeking new ways of making traditional dance contemporary.

She will perform a duet with Andreas Ljones, a dancing fiddler from Lillehammer. Together they run a dance company called Villniss. In their duet they will explore the open space between music and dance to create a playful and expressive performance.

Photo: Phil Keen

Miloš Novović

Miloš Novović is a doctoral fellow at University of Oslo, Faculty of Law. He comes from Montenegro; prior to moving to Norway, he studied intellectual property law in the US, as a Fulbright scholar at The George Washington University. Deeply passionate about the interaction of law and technology, he writes about intellectual property laws and their potential to affect our everyday – analogue and digital – lives. 

Miloš will talk about the ways that online companies control our digital content. When we sign up to use online services – like Google, Facebook, Twitter – we are presented with a long list of legal terms that very few people read, and even fewer understand. Yet within those terms, online companies state that users give them the right to use their content as they see fit: to modify it, publish, use for commercial purposes, or keep it forever.

This way, users effectively relinquish control over their content – and laws that we have do little to stop this from happening. A Facebook photo of your family eating a pizza can become an ad for a nearby restaurant, shown to your friends over and over again – and your legal options are severely limited.

We therefore need an urgent reform in order to ensure that we remain in control of our digital content – and that things that we create and post truly stay ours.

What does "Still human" mean to you? 

It reminds me of the importance of listening to each other, of opening up to the people of different backgrounds and views, in hopes of finding some common ground – and learning something about ourselves in the process. When we reach out to others, we change our world forever – and this very change holds the key to being human: to growing, learning and connecting.

What’s your favourite TED talk?

Lawrence Lessig: Laws that choke creativity

Christina Farr

Christina Farr is a journalist covering health, technology and the future of medicine. 

It wasn't too long ago that most doctors thought it would be for the best to hide cancer diagnoses from their patients. Much has changed since the 1960s. Now, patients are actively monitoring their steps, sleep and blood pressure, and bringing that information to the doctor's office. As a health-technology reporter, she has covered the opportunities and challenges that have arisen from the shift from medical paternalism to patient-directed care. It's a new paradigm, and that will affect everyone. We are all patients and/or caregivers at some point in our lives.

What does "Still human" mean to you? 

As a reporter, the term "still human" resonates deeply with me. I typically write human interest features that highlight real patient stories, rather than focusing on businesses. That's the only way to build empathy with my readers.

What’s your favourite TED talk?

Brené Brown - The Power of Vulnerability.

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